Anyone know what year my code is please?

Hiya, I'm new here and from London UK. I just bought my first Bulova (always wanted one!) and I can't for the life of me find out it's year from the code! It's H588921, stamped on the back. I can't see a way of adding a photo here, but any help will be very much appreciated. Thanks all, and best wishes Dave.

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Posted July 26, 2014 - 9:08am

Hi Thenice. Sounds like you have one made after 1948. You can't use the serial number to date those. Look for a letter and a number stamped on the back of the case, usually under the Bulova name stamp. Examples: "M6", "N7", etc.

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Posted July 26, 2014 - 1:04pm

If the case back says "watertite", the date code may be on the inside, and may consist of the last two numbers of the year, e.g. "53" for 1953.


Geoff Baker
Posted July 27, 2014 - 10:00pm

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Here are photos of the watch referenced above:


Posted July 28, 2014 - 5:37am

Thanks Bob, It doesn't say that on the back, but it has M5 stamped on the back. Does this make ageing it easier? Not thinking of selling it, just wanted to know out of old fashioned curiosity! Cheers, Dave.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 28, 2014 - 6:07am

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Hi David - I added the fourth picture, the one showing the date code. M5 is 1965. It's a nice looking watch.

Posted July 28, 2014 - 6:17am

Great, thanks a lot Geoff! Sadly the dial looks a bit grim though, think it's worth getting sorted, or maybe might cost too much? Cheers, Dave.

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Posted July 28, 2014 - 8:21pm

The case looks to be the one used in the early fifties for the Ruxton, then it had a change of name in the late fifties to the Broker.

Not found anything yet.


Posted July 29, 2014 - 2:14am

Hmmmm, a mystery then!

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Posted August 3, 2014 - 3:05pm



1964 advert.


1964 Bulova Advert

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William Smith
Posted August 3, 2014 - 4:45pm

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This would be a great addition to the watch database, if your up to adding it David.

Posted August 6, 2014 - 11:18am

Very nice watch. Great find on the advert  bobbee.

Posted August 6, 2014 - 3:04pm

I got another one now, so it's on Ebay if anyone's interested (includind the '64 ad! Cheers, Dave.